July 18, 2018
“It’s kind of a funny story,” says Amy Buckman, Director of Special Projects. “The building we’re in now is the Atlantic Arts Building, owned by Jim Hill. He was in the oil and gas industry for years, and he wanted a way to give back to Calgary – as Calgary had treated him very well.”
“He built this property and put the Esker Art Foundation – Canada’s largest privately funded public art space – on the fourth floor, and all of the businesses in this building contribute to that legacy. Jim also bought Bite from its original owner after they moved into the space, and it’s operated as a community initiative.”
Amy explains that Jim wanted to use food as a vehicle to bring people together and connect, while also providing the practicality of a neighbourhood grocery store – something Inglewood didn’t have originally.
One of the things that makes Bite unique is that it’s an amalgamation of several food businesses all working together under one roof: a butcher, bakery, café, and a newly-opened restaurant called Bea’s Eatery.
Supporting local is extremely important to Bite. All its meat is sourced from Canada – chicken, beef and pork from Alberta, duck from Quebec, and fish from British Columbia. Bite is also a wholesaler itself, creating branded bakery, poultry, and seafood products – with more to come.
“It’s been a big part of our evolution,” Amy says.
Even though Bite itself is not solely comprised of imported Italian goods anymore, Amy says the establishment is still true to its Italian and European roots in the value it places on having fresh, delicious food available every day.
“It really is a community here.”
Visit Bite and its constituents any day of the week at 1023 9 Ave SE and take advantage of the free one-hour parking behind the building.
Want to learn more about carrying Bite products? Email Amy to find out how.
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Check out Bite’s Sustainability Profile on the REAP website.